Museo Regional de Ancash


The Museo Regional de Ancash houses one of the most significant collections of ancient stone sculptures in South America lined up in a garden out back. Most of them are from the Recuay culture (400 BC–AD 600) and the Wari culture (AD 600–1100). Otherwise the collection is limited to a few mummies and some trepanned skulls.

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